Thursday, August 31, 2017

Some Soccer News for Aug 31, 2017

It's Day 243 of 2017.

The Houston Dash and Houston Dynamo soccer clubs are encouraging anyone who wants to contribute to the Hurricane disaster funds to connect with the Red Cross.
  • You can also text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.


Let's review du Nord's MLS coaches hot set power rankings:

  • OUT 7 Curt Onalfo
  • 6 Jay Heaps
  • 5 Veljko Paunovic
  • OUT 4 Jeff Cassar
  • 3 Jim Curtin
  • 2 Dominic Kinnear
  • 1 Carl Robinson

Mar 30:
  • 6 Jay Heaps
  • 5 Adrian Heath
  • OUT 4 Dominic Kinnear
  • OUT 3 Curt Onalfo
  • 2 Jim Curtin
  • 1 Carl Robinson

Apr 28:
  • 6 Mauro Biello
  • 5 Jay Heaps
  • OUT 4 Dominic Kinnear
  • 3 Carl Robinson
  • OUT 2 Curt Onalfo
  • 1 Jim Curtin

Jun 1:
  • OUT 6 Pablo Mastroeni
  • 5 Carl Robinson
  • 4 Jay Heaps
  • 3 Mauro Biello OUT 2 Curt Onalfo
  • 1 Jim Curtin

Jul 1:
  • 4 Jim Curtin
  • OUT 3 Curt Onalfo
  • 2 Jay Heaps
  • 1 Mauro Biello

Aug 3:
  • 5 Ben Olsen - dreadful season, and owners looking to sell
  • 4 Jay Heaps - winless on the road, 6 points out of playoffs
  • OUT 3 Pablo Mastroeni - new management above him and last place in the West
  • 2 Jim Curtin - shuffle players, same results
  • 1 Mauro Biello - meltdown master for an owner

And the list for end of August/beginning of September will be out tomorrow.


USMNT - World Cup Qualifying

A flash back to the Snow Clasico against Costa Rica, including new interviews previewing tomorrows game etc. [VIDEO] By Bob Ley for ESPN Outside The Lines.

Bruce Arena press conference from earlier today. [VIDEO] From US Soccer.
  • By far the most important thing he said was, "We have 26 players in camp on our roster and we have 26 players that are healthy."

Maybe reading this will help me better understand Alejandro Bedoya - a player I have never seen the quality in. But plenty of other people do. By Ridge Mahoney for Soccer America.

The pieces that Bruce Arena alone brings to his teams. By Paul Kennedy for Soccer America.

The rivalry between USA + CR continues to grow. By Brian Straus for Sports Illustrated.

The kid still has his feet on the ground despite the incredible last 9 months. Pulisic. By Steve Davis for Four Four Two.

Run DMB is lining up a 5th World Cup - not many players can even come CLOSE to that. By Brian Sciaretta for the New York Times.

Bobby Wood is gonna get his chance to make a difference right now. By Ron Blum for Associated Press via Denver Post.

Now is the time for the USA players to step up, be ruthless and efficient and finish off what they started in March. By Steven Goff for the Washington Post.

-Fri Sep 1
USA v Costa Rica - 5:55pm CT on ESPN
-Tue Sep 5
Honduras v USA - 4:30pm CT on beIN

USA Roster
  • G: Brad Guzan - Atlanta United, Tim Howard - Colorado Rapids, Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
  • D: DaMarcus Beasley - Houston Dynamo, Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City, Geoff Cameron - Stoke City, Omar Gonzalez - Pachuca, Matt Hedges - Dallas, Eric Lichaj - Nottingham Forest, Tim Ream - Fulham, Jorge Villafana - Santos Laguna, Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
  • M: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Paul Arriola - DC United, Alejandro Bedoya - Philadelphia Union, Michael Bradley - Toronto, Fabian Johnson - Borussia Monchengladbach, Dax McCarty - Chicago Fire, Darlington Nagbe - Portland Timbers, Christian Pulisic - Borussia Dortmund, Cristian Roldan - Seattle Sounders
  • F: Jozy Altidore - Toronto, Clint Dempsey - Seattle Sounders, Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders, Chris Wondolowski - San Jose Earthquakes, Bobby Wood - Hamburger


CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying:

With 4 rounds left to play Mexico could qualify tonight - They would need a win and a Panama loss. And they happen to play each other!
  • Somehow Mexico plays their 3rd game in a row at home tomorrow.

Hexagonal Schedule/results:
Matchday 7
-Fri Sep 1
USA v Costa Rica - 5:55pm CT on ESPN
T+T v Honduras - 7:00pm CT on beIN
Mexico v Panama - 8:30pm CT on FS2
Matchday 8
-Tue Sep 5
Honduras v USA - 4:30pm CT on beIN
Panama v T+T - 7:00pm CT (No USA TV)
Costa Rica v Mexico - 9:00pm CT on beIN

Hexagonal Standings:
(6 of 10 games played)
14 Mexico (+7)
11 Costa Rica (+5)
8 USA (+3)
7 Panama (0)
5 Honduras (-8)
3 Trinidad +Tobago (-7)



Jose Leiton will wear #77 for the Loons.

Baskim Kadrii is out the door:

  • Signed with Randers in Denmark officially now.

-Sat Sep 9
Minnesota v Philadelphia Union


Crocus: du Nord Music Mix Vol 136 (download + extract)



What direction are Jim Curtain and his Philadelphia Union headed in? Who knows, but its not upward. So what's the dealio? By Jonathan Tannenwald for


Ignacio Piatti of Montreal Impact named MLS Player Of The Month for August.



Julian Greene has left Stuttgart after an unsatisfying year, going on a season long loan to Bundesliga 2 team Greuther Furth.



We are getting closer and closer to having our field set for next summer's tournament. Lets check in.

  • Play 18 games total.
  • No one has officially qualified yet, but that could change tonight.
Matchday 15:
-Thu Aug 31
Uruguay v Argentina
Brazil v Ecuador
Chile v Paraguay
Venezuela v Colombia
Peru v Bolivia

Group A:
  • Japan is IN! Clinched their spot today.
  • Saudi Arabia + Australia will fight for 2nd spot in group.
  • United Arab Emirates still alive for playoff spot.
Group B:
  • Iran has been IN for a while
  • South Korea, Syria and Uzbekistan battling for 2nd spot, and playoff spot.

  • There are 5 groups of 4 and the winner of each group goes to the World Cup.
  • Most teams have played 2 or 3 of the 8 games, so no one has really separated fully yet.


All of my columns for 1500ESPN.

The Bird Is The Word


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